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By Missy Bowen on 10/28/2014 2:05 PM
The UNO Jazz All-Stars paid a lunchtime visit to Vista Shores Assisted Living Community on Bayou St. John to play an hour-long concert for the residents.  Our special friend Miss Peggy Saavedra was unable to attend, but we were thrilled  to have Harold Battiste in the house, celebrating his 83rd birthday and providing musical inspiration.  Along with Ellis Marsalis, "Mr. Batt" was one of the original faculty in our Jazz Studies program, part of an internationally-recognized career that also included founding AFO Records, producing recordings by Sam Cooke and serving as music director for the Sonny and Cher Show. The band included J.P. Smith on guitar, Robin Sherman on bass, Miles Berry and Ricardo Pascal on sax, Russell Ramirez on trombone, Jonathan Bauer on trumpet, Peter Varnado on drums, and Prof. Victor Atkins III on piano.
By Missy Bowen on 10/24/2014 10:31 AM
WWNO and National Public Radio bring an all-star cast to New Orleans for the debut of "Water," a theatrical radio production making its national premier at the Saenger Theatre on Saturday, October 26.  While in New Orleans, the production team and cast, including well-known announcer Michelle Norris (third from left) , are hard at work rehearsing in the PAC Recital Hall.
By Missy Bowen on 10/23/2014 3:46 PM
Tabla master Badal Roy demonstrated his musical magic for a packed house at the Sandbar at the Cove on Wednesday, October 22.  Accompanying Roy, who played with Miles Davis and other musical greats, are UNO students Fernando Sanchez on guitar and Andrew Coker on bass. Next week's artist is Latin pianist Jorge Pacheco.
By Missy Bowen on 10/18/2014 7:58 PM
UNO Music students will showcase their work in two special performances Monday, October 20.  A student showcase in the Performing Arts Center from 3-4 pm features works ranging from a Haydn trumpet concerto to original new works by contemporary student composer Maggie Adams and Cuban percussion star Alexey Marti. As the day winds down, the Truancy Kings, UNO's student rock ensemble, will take the stage at the Sandbar at the Cove student center from 5:15 to 6 pm.  All are welcome.  For more information, call 280-6381.
By Missy Bowen on 10/2/2014 2:01 PM
Former UNO Music student Darren Hoffman and partner Kristen McEntyre have been named one of the 2014 top "People to Watch" by New Orleans Magazine.  While at UNO, Darren began developing an interactive music learning software, the Tutti Music Player,  that allows students to interact with top musicians and customize the learning process.  Darren filmed much of the initial core program in the UNO Music Department's Studio 103 with musicians including Shannon Powell, Roland Guerin, Lucien Barbarin, Jason Marsalis, Ed Petersen, and Steve Masakowski.  He later added Jason's older brother Wynton to the mix and worked closely with Jazz at Lincoln Center to refine the educational software and support its use in JALC educational programs. Todd Stoll, vice president of education for Jazz at Lincoln Center, told the Times-Picayune that the Tutti program is "basically one of the most transformational uses of technology I've ever seen."


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